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Using the #ScholarSunday hashtag as a #FollowFriday for academics

I’ve never been a fan of the #FollowFriday hashtag, as it often reads like a popularity contest.

Have you seen a tweet including #FollowFriday (or #ff shortened) and a list of user names preceded by the @ symbol? This tradition was born spontaneously within the Twitter community to recommend your favorite tweeps to your followers.

It occurred to me a few months ago that I do, in fact, want to recommend academics to follow, simply because I think their tweets are informative. Also, because I follow my own students (former students, as this 2012-2013 I’m not teaching), and they follow me too, often they may also choose to follow some of the academics, graduate students, professors and alike that I do follow.

So why #ScholarSunday? Simply for two facts. First, because Sunday is the only day I have to sit down and relax, and take some time to review who I follow, and second, because Sunday has the same first letter as scholar (much like other hashtags, #TravelTuesday, #WineWednesday and #FoodFriday or #FollowFriday). Simple mnemonic trick.

I do encourage you, if you are an academic, to use the #ScholarSunday hashtag to recommend some new Twitter users to your followers. I follow scholars in a very broad range of disciplines, from neuroscience to digital history, and I have learned a lot from them. Perhaps you will, too.

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  1. Amanda Michelle Jones says

    yeah… this is how #followfriday started: you mention someone you recommend w/ a reason why. it has certainly devolved. but i do like your idea!

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